Newcastle United supporters in the Transfer Tavern are very much looking forward to the 2018/19 Premier League campaign, what with their team eyeing up an improvement on their impressive tenth place finish last term.
Rafa Benitez’s men deserve enormous credit for sealing a top half finish upon their return to the top tier last season, that all after winning the Championship title just 12 months previous. However, it was clear from their limitations over the course of the campaign that reinforcements will be needed this summer if the Magpies are to move to the next level, but whether owner Mike Ashley allows Benitez to make those signings remains to be seen.
And one man who could be on his way to St James’ Park is Middlesbrough forward Adama Traore, with recent reports suggesting that the Newcastle target has an £18 million release clause in his Boro contract.
And were the Magpies to match that figure, it would see them break their transfer record, although they should forget about breaking it for the Spanish youngster, with £9 million-rated Kenedy (as per Transfermarkt) the man they should be smashing their record for this summer.
Ultimately, while 22-year-old Traore enjoyed a fine season at Middlesbrough last time round in netting five goals and laying on ten assists in the Championship, he hugely flattered to deceive in the Premier League with the Teessiders the campaign before, given he failed to net and registered just one assist for the club.
As such, it would evidently be a big risk to land the Spain Under-21 international this summer, let alone for a hefty transfer fee, whereas there is no doubting Kenedy’s pedigree at top-flight level after the campaign he had at St James’ last term.
The Brazilian star joined the Magpies on loan in January and went on to score twice and lay on two assists in 13 Premier League appearances for Benitez’s side, helping to inspire them to a tenth place finish in the top-flight.
Yes, those numbers are far from ground-breaking, but the impact he had on the Newcastle team, specifically their front line, was clear for all to see, with Benitez’s side certainly carrying a greater attacking threat when the 22-year-old was on the pitch.
And with reports suggesting that the Toon may need to fork out £20 million for the winger, even if that is slightly more than it may cost to lure Traore to the North East giants, that is a much lower risk move, and one they must seek to complete.
As such, instead of smashing their transfer record to bring the Middlesbrough star to St James’, they should indeed do just that by luring Kenedy back to the North East.
Newcastle fans… what do you think? Let us know!